Welcome to my gallery of quilts.  I live in Brighton, Michigan.  I have been quilting for 40 years, evolving from traditional patterns and hand quilting to more modern/art styles with mostly machine quilting.

I hope you enjoy these!   Comments/questions about purchases and commissions are welcome.  Katie

kthorne@umich.edu

 

This is a large quilt, about 56 X 56.  It hangs on my sewing room wall.  2004

quilt and studio

 

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Saturday Coffee

My friend Susan and I enjoy having coffee together on Saturday mornings after our Jazzercise workout. Her beautiful dogs enjoyed being with us too. (Sadly, Chase passed away recently, he is greatly missed.)

I made this little quilt to commemorate our fun coffee time. It hangs in the garage entry foyer of Bob and Susan’s house.

Safari

I love making “string quilts”–strips of fabric sewn into a square block then arranged together. In this one, I started with yellows and light colors in the center, moving to darker colors along the outer borders. Finished with a favorite zebra fabricthat has orange quilting. 42X42″

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Navy and White

I have always loved the older indigo/white quilts. I’ve been saving some nice navies for some time, and recently was able to use them in a class taught by David Owen Hastings. Although I did not finish a project from that class, seeing my dining room table runner reminded me again of my love for the navy and white combo. I made this about 8 years ago. The octagons are a fun pattern. They would be nice for a baby quilt pattern also. The background fabric is toile.

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On the table with a Chinese bowl:

Cousins

Blocks and segments of these two pieces were left over from a previous project. Their similarities and origins led to me naming them “cousins”. Both feature some circular quilting.

Cousin K is 25 X 37″

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Cousin J is 24 X 26″

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Ocean Treasures

This piece is composed of some of my hand-dyed fabrics. I wanted to showcase the wonderful watery effects of the background. I added some little squares for interest and texture. The quilting features wavy lines and bubbles. 30 X 15″

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Paris Fete

This pattern was shared on Facebook by Mary Bajcz, it is called Road to Paris. The little black and white triangles around the center squares were cut freehand and thus are not all equal (but pretty close) in size and shape. It was fun showcasing some of my light bright fabrics, played off against black and white. Size is 34 inches square.

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Grasp

This one is a fun free-cut design from Sujata Shah. I used prints, stripes, and solids. Quilted simply. The size is 46 x 46″. I called it Grasp because the diagonals felt like forearms reaching. Reaching out for a handshake instead of a COVID elbow bump!

How it looks on the wall.

Kathryn, Close the Closet Door

A Blast from the Past

A while ago I belonged to a quilting group called Adventurous Quilters. We sometimes had a challenge theme for individual projects. One of the themes was “Doors”. I decided to depict my open closet door. It features hanging clothes, a hanging shoe rack, upper self with clothes, a vacuum cleaner, a laundry basket, and clothes on the floor. I edged all 4 sides of the piece with some of my collection of clothing labels. This was 1999. It is interesting to look at the labels now, and see how few of them still exist: Liz Claiborne, Vogue, and Oshkosh. The rest are gone, as far as I know! The size is 17″ x 26″. It hangs in my closet. (The name is a phrase I heard many times, directed at my habit of leaving the doors open.)

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